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The Little Girl Who Fell from the Tree (1998)

Ein tödliches Verhältnis (original title)
Set in Berlin, this film follows Lisa, a mysterious young lady who moves into an apartment, next door to newlyweds. Domesticated bliss is shown to be somewhat lacking for this couple, as ... See full summary »

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Dominique Horwitz ...
Ben
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Jenny
Julia Jäger ...
Lisa
Dorothea Moritz ...
Frau Prack
Ingo Naujoks ...
Leo
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Manfred Banach
Ulrike Hübschmann ...
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Tonia Maria Zindel
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Set in Berlin, this film follows Lisa, a mysterious young lady who moves into an apartment, next door to newlyweds. Domesticated bliss is shown to be somewhat lacking for this couple, as these seemingly normal neighbors slowly betray odd characteristics... Jenny suffers from mental illness (perhaps exacerbated by abuse as a child) and Ben is a frustrated husband who deals with his wife's illness by becoming a workaholic. Into this unhappy couple's lives steps Lisa, who finds a needy friend in Jenny and a seductive game in snagging the wanting Ben. Written by Len Massaar

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Thriller

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16 April 1998 (Germany)  »

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DEM 4,000,000 (estimated)

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DEM 8,835 (Germany) (17 April 1998)
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A great indie thriller from Germany. Sexy and dark.
7 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Seattle Film Festival in 1999 where it ran to full houses under the title: "THE LITTLE GIRL WHO FELL FROM A TREE", in German with subtitles. I'm really stunned that this terrific independent film has never been released on video. It went over big at the Seattle Film Festival and had a very good review in the Seattle Times. Part of the problem might be that it's in German, but I also think some people just didn't understand how brilliantly Michael Bartlett was playing in Germany with this otherwise very familiar American genre. There were many times, especially after the film's wonderfully edgy, David Lynch-like beginning, that I thought I'd seen all this somewhere before, but then it starts to creep up on you and you begin to realize that those blatant Hollywood clichés and similarities are there only to manipulate you into thinking you know what's going on and where ultimately all this is headed, which believe me, you don't. The film becomes consistently darker with many perfectly captured twists and turns before reaching its shocking (at least by Hollywood standards) climax. I recognized the male lead as one of the actors from another great film: STALINGRAD. He's good here too, but this film is all about the women, both hot in their own way.


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